Throughout 15 years of travelling to and around Africa I’ve always been plagued by the recurring question, why hasn’t Africa developed since independence. By contrast India and the former South East Asian colonies now have strong economies, and a burgeoning middle class, beavering away to produce the wealth and prosperity in line with the globalised [...]
After we complete the border formalities to exit Iran we can’t find the way out. I joke to Maartin that this is just a border theme park, Borderland where the rides are in offices with ledgers and stamps. Of course the queue for the most popular rides are the longest. Perversely if there was a [...]
For a day the police oblige me to travel together with 4 bikers. Two are an English couple who have been on the road for 6 or 7 years. I’m really keen to spend time chatting with them and find out about the corporate talks they’ve given and some of the places they’ve been to [...]
My first trip to Africa involved taking a convoy through Western Sahara from Dahkla to the border with Mauritania. Over subsequent years I repeated the journey and became very familiar with the ins and outs of the convoy.
Years before there had been a violent conflict between the Saharaoui and the Moroccan army and by [...]
It’s a mix of mime, broken English and Farsi. At first I understand that his son will die in 3 months because he’s lost something that was in his pockets. I’m wrestling with my wing, kiting in strong wind, so the sad story fails to win my full concentration, but a few hours later I’ve [...]
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